First Week

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This week I have been working with students who have not met mastery with number recognition and one-to-one correspondence for the numbers 1-20. We have been writing and drawing in the sand as well as stomping numbers out with our feet as we read flash cards. It has been fun and I have seen a huge improvement over the past 3 days.

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I have also been working in the art center. This week’s theme is recycling. My classroom teachers and I collaborated to pick a theme for the bulletin board. We settled on the song, “What a Wonderful World” and titled it “What a Wonderful Recycled World.” The kids have made butterflies, flowers, caterpillars, lady bugs, clouds, birds, bees, and a sun out of egg cartons, coke bottles, cereal boxes, and newspaper. When the board is finished, I will post a picture.

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Exploring

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Eleana took us to the market where there are many goods made from the Indians in Ecuador. I founds lots of goodies and had fun learning how to heckle for a better price.

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Eleana dropped us off at the cathedral in Quito. I can’t remember the name, but it was muy bunita!

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We went shopping at Maximart (Ecuadorian Walmart) and we needed to stop by el bano… We didn’t know we needed to stop by the toilet paper dispenser before going in!

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This afternoon we are all enjoying time with the host family! Lunch, futball, logos, and fun!

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Colegio Menor

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My first day at Colegio Menor was amazing! I am a student teacher for a kindergarten class called Cumbarazo. The campus is beautiful and all the teachers are so friendly! I am getting a lot of practice in Spanish and sharing English as well. This week I will start assessments for the students and work with a few one-on-one. I like that I was able to start planning with my teacher this week.

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My students are so sweet! They made beautiful pictures for me on my first day! I also got a tangerine from the bus driver that is bigger than my hand!

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Here is my house where I am staying in Kumbaya. My host mother, Eliana, is so sweet! I am getting a lot of practice with my Spanish because she does not speak English. I love the challenge and she is patient with us. Her home is beautiful! Her daughter and grandchildren live next door. They are fun!

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